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Cob (an old English word for lump) is old-fashioned concrete, made out of a mixture of clay, sand, and straw. Becky Bee's manual is a friendly guide to making your own earth structure, with chapters on design, foundations, floors, windows and doors, finishes, and of course, making glorious cob.
"I believe that building with cob is a way to recreate community and experience the joy of working together while taking back the right to build our own homes and look after our Mother Earth."
She loves doing something that makes sense in a world where lots of things don't.


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Reviewer: petergozz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2013
Subject: Becky Bee's Cob Builders Handbook
I recently reread this handbook after a number of years and having since read what seems to be vast amounts on earth building.

This book still rates as one of the best.

Its written style is informative and accessible.
Not heavy on math or soil chemistry et al. but all you need to know to build fine well designed and realised structures.

The only downside is that some newer related methods were under vigorous development just after the book was published. However as far as pure "low tech" Cob goes nothing of consequence is missing.

For a more technical and broadly based work search for Gernot Minkes "Building With Earth"

http://archive.org/search.php?query=Gernot%20minke

Reviewer: DoobieEx - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2011
Subject: Cob Builder's Handbook
I have been looking for this book, for literally ages. So, I've made a torrent, uploaded it to other sites, and finally here. Hopefully everyone who needs it will find it.

It comes highly reccomended.
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